Natural disasters affect hundreds of millions each year. Survivors must often adapt to new environments, rebuild families and livelihoods, and recover physically and psychologically amid trauma, loss and instability. Yet, among the horrors of natural disasters are inspiring stories of survival, strength and resilience.
As part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of disaster risk reduction (DRR), the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is running a joint digital campaign with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC).
The Disaster Resilience Journal brings the stories of individuals and communities from around the world who have survived and prepared for disasters. Featuring videos, photos, interviews, games, quizzes, and social media interactions; the Journal releases a fresh item every day – each associated with a general theme around risk reduction.
Personal stories range from: safer shelters built in Haiti and the Philippines, through how terracing can prevent soil erosion in Rwanda, to the benefits of carrying out evacuation drills in Bangladesh and planting vegetable gardens in Mauritania’s desert.
2014 Peabody Award winners Mike Robbins and Elaine Sheldon have collaborated to create the Journal, with support from 12 European Red Cross societies and their federation. The Journal will tell stories from 24 different countries and will be available in 11 European languages.